Welcome to the Materials Research Initiative website.
One of the University's Hallmark Research Initiatives, the Materials Research Initiative has been created to foster interdisciplinary materials research across the University community and beyond.
The Materials Research Initiative aims to unite University of Melbourne materials researchers, assist them to pursue large-scale funding opportunities in collaborative frameworks and support their research activities by offering smaller-scale incentives such as seed funding or symposium support. We also hope this website will serve as a landing platform for researchers, offering resources, discussion forums and information.
We invite you to engage with the materials research community here at the University of Melbourne, and are looking forward to working with you.
Ray & RackelProf. Ray Dagastine - Materials Research Initiative Chair
Dr. Rackel San Nicolas - Materials Research Initiative Academic Convenor
The Materials Research Initiative forms part of the University's Hallmark Research Initiatives, which aim to enable the maturing of focused research communities that build on existing strengths across the University and beyond. The Initiatives have been established in selected priority areas which have significant potential to harness cross-University capabilities and open up targeted funding opportunities.
The Materials Research Initiative supports the materials community here at the University of Melbourne to strengthen partnerships and engagement with Industry (nationally and internationally) with the view to taking our research from the lab to 'real world' applications.
The Materials Research Initiative has an overarching vision to support collaboration across Science, Engineering and Medicine to develop research in scalable nano- to meso-materials initially across three selected Research themes:
- Materials into Medicine
- Materials for Energy
- Controlled Assembly of Materials
The Materials Research Initiative has initially selected three Research Themes as current areas of focus:
- Materials into Medicine
- Materials for Energy
- Controlled Assembly of Materials
We hope this website will become a landing platform for researchers in the materials field. At this early stage, we are pleased to offer some useful resources:
- List of relevant equipment at the University
- Materials Research Forum
- Useful external Resources for your Material Research
Research Showcase - Affiliated Researchers
Seed funding awardees 2016
Evaluating Alternative Manufacture Techniques for Ceramics
Lead investigator: Prof. George Franks
The green and fired properties of zirconia compacts prepared by aqueous and non-aqueous slip casting, freeze casting and gelcasting were measured. Freeze casting has the potential to produce complex shaped objects however, the properties of freeze cast bodies were found to be inferior to those processed by slip casting and gelcasting. Cracking and warping were found in the freeze cast samples. On the other hand, crack-free objects with good green and fired properties can be prepared by employing slip casting (both in aqueous and non-aqueous media). Finally, gelcasting resulted in crack-free compacts with good green and fired properties.
Blood Coagulation Rate Constants in Flow: A CFD Optimisation Study
Head investigator: Dr. Dalton Harvie
Coagulation model predictions are critically dependent upon individual coagulation reaction rate constants. These constants can be exceedingly fast, and attempting to measure their values in isolation may be inaccurate, or introduce experimental artefacts that cause the measurement to be unrepresentative of the in situ value. In this study we will use a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model as a tool to unravel information about these constants, using as a data source a variety of (complex) published coagulation measurements. Use of the CFD model allows us to extract individual rate constants out of experimental data that is necessarily representative of whole system performance. Concurrently, we will be validating a biochemical coagulation model that accounts for spatial aspects (flow and diffusion). Our objective is to produce a high quality/impact publication from this work that demonstrates the potential of the academic/industry partnership, hence increasing the competitiveness of an ARC Linkage proposal. And it worked in 2016 Dalton obtained an ARC Linkage grant on the topic with CSL.
Characterisation of Meltless Titanium Powder for Additive Manufacturing
Head investigator: Prof. Kenong Xia
Meltless Ti alloy powders are produced by chemical processing directly from the mineral form without the energy intensive melting. However, such powders tend to have composition variations from particle to particle. Efficient characterisation of the particles is essential in the development of industry processes. This project aims at fast and sophisticated chemical and phase mapping of individual particles by using an enhanced analysis tool. In addition, the project has significant capacity for generation of high quality and high impact research on producing Ti powders suitable for 3D printing.
- Centres of Excellence
- New ARC Linkage Opportunities (fuelled by Industry Seed Funding).
- ITRP Hub
- Cooperative Research Centres (when/if they come back online)
- Australian or US Department of Defence Opportunities
- New large scale ARC Discovery Project or NHMRC Project Grants (fuelled by Early Career Researcher [ECR] Seed Funding)
In order to fuel these collaborations, the Materials Research Initiative will offer:
- Industry Seed Funding: 50/50 matching of industry funding ($10k-$15k) with the idea of home faculties waiving overhead charge on staff.
- Collaborative ECR Seed Funding: Supervisors or home faculties/schools and departments to provide matching money (25% to 50%).
- Support for visiting academics: In areas relevant to planned workshops or theme areas, with significant matching money from researcher hosts or host department/faculty/school or other sponsors.
- Support for your symposium: In areas relevant to the Initiative and its research themes, with the aim of increasing networking opportunities. (Matching money from researcher hosts or host department/faculty/school or other sponsors.)
Funding rules available here
29th of November 20172-4.30 pm Bio21 AuditoriumNews
Monday 19th of February 2018, in the seminar room in the Woodward, Law Building of the University of Melbourne 10th floor.News
Learn what resources are available, and identify local mentoring needs for Early-Mid Career ResearchersMonday 13 November from 10.30am to 1.30pm, Room 109 (Theatre 2), Level 1, Alan Gilbert Building(Lunch included)News
Japanese delegation of Materials Science and Engineering Researchers is coming to visit us on the 22nd of August 2017From 10:00 am to 12 pm in the Walter Boas Building meeting room, Building 163, 4th floorNews
First of two symposia in 2017 organised by the Peptide Users Group will take place on the 21st of July, 1.00pm - 5.30pm at the Melbourne Brain Centre, Foyer and Lecture TheatreNews
“Communication Skills in Interdisciplinary Environments and Early Career Development”Friday 23rd of June 2017, from 9 am to 2 pmLearning environment room PAR-Alice Hoy-242, Building 162, University of Melbourne Monash Road, Carlton VIC 3053News
HMRI is launching a new seminars series focussed on Materials in Medicine ResearchLaunch on Thursday the 22th of June 2017 from 4:00pm-6:30pm in the Matthaei Room (Lower East), University House Professors RoadNews
Dr Zhe Liu, Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Monash UniversityTime: Thursday 1 June 2017, 11.00 amLocation: Mechanical Engineering Seminar Room, E311, Building 170, Block ENews
By Prof. Vikram Jayaram from the Department of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, BangaloreThursday 8th June 2017, from 12pm-1pmGreenwood Theatre , Electrical Engineering, Building 193News
2017 Particle size analysis training in MelbourneMelbourne, VICTue 28 March 2017Treacy Centre MAP126 The Avenue, ParkvilleCarroll RoomNews
Date: 30th of November Time: 8.30 am to 1pm. Postponed to early February 2017 Venue: PAR-Sidney Myer Asia Ctr-106 (Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room)News
There are a number of ways to connect with the Materials Research Initiative, and we would love to hear from you!
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If you are a Materials researcher and would like to be showcased on our website, please find more information here.